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Video Clip of The Week: Celebration, “Rolling On”

What I love most about the visual aspect of this week’s clip, “Rolling On” from progressive-pop (a genre description that I just coined right this minute) trio, Celebration, is that it feels like you’re watching the video catalog of an extremely cool art installation. And I see a ton of art, as you may know, so I think that’s a valid assessment. And if this video were just here to serve as an introduction to an art exhibit that was coming soon to a gallery near me, you can bet I would be there in a heartbeat. Also, the song, which was described in a press release as “a flurry of soulful vocals, bass swagger and organ-driven sassiness” is exceptionally cool.  Win Win!

As a video created in the cut-out animation style, “Rolling On”  hangs together with a series of  cohesive and compelling imagery,  conveying a message of enlightenment, transformation and rebirth (pay attention to the cocoon) that pays off big time. Celebration vocalist Katrina Ford (who directed the video) offers that the wheel was a theme that “represents never ending change, rolling with the punches until a favorable wind, ever morphing, life.” Ford’s bandmates in Celebration are her husband (multi-instrumentalist and organist) Sean Antanaitis and drummer David Bergander. “Rolling On” can be found on Celebration’s latest album Wounded Healer, which is out now via through Bella Union. Enjoy!

Celebration Band

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Video Clip of The Week: “Someday” By Halfnoise


Hey, do you remember pop crooner Duncan Sheik? He was pretty hot stuff back in the late ’90s with his swoon-worthy, soft rock hits like “Barely Breathing” and, uh, other songs. I was a big, big fan! These days I believe he is scoring award-winning Broadway musicals and growing impressive facial hair. Duncan Sheik! If you’ve ever wondered how awesome it might have sounded if Duncan Sheik had recorded songs infused with a bossa nova beat and built around a strident piano arrangement, then have I got a song for you! This week’s featured clip is “Someday,” from Nashville-based sensation, Halfnoise (aka Zac Farro, drummer for the rock band Paramore), and it is all that I claimed in the sentences above, and a bag of the chips of your choice.

The effect-heavy video for “Someday” was shot entirely on a vintage camcorder, with all analog effects being provided by Zac’s friend and video collaborator Mike Kluge. It’s fun and groovy and perfectly in sync with the song’s aural groove and laid back lyrics about letting a relationship take its natural course or whatever. No doubt this song would get the bodies moving at any party as well, so there’s that. “Someday” can be found on Zac’s latest Halfnoise recording, the Velvet Face EP, which is out now (via Congrats Records) on vinyl, which they tell me is making a come back! From what I’ve heard, the EP outstanding. Enjoy!

Half Noise Press Photo

Video Clip of The Week: Garren Sean, “Lift Off”


On this fine Sunday morning in June, when we are just on the cusp of summer, The Worley Gig brings you the chill funk of Bay Area artist Garren Sean’s “Lift Off” and its accompanying animated video! Best described (if only by me) as Steely Dan meets Sly Stone, “Lift Off” is characteristically warm and upbeat, the perfect introduction to Garren’s guitar-driven sound. Raised on soul and R&B, Garren then discovered Classic Rock and 80s Funk, and went to mix the two influences, creating a refreshingly unique style. In a word: Sublime.

I also love how the artist distracts us momentarily from the song’s obvious sexual metaphor by sampling audio from the July 16, 1969 liftoff coverage of the legendary Apollo Eleven moon mission, manned by Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins! “Lift Off” can be found on Garren Sean’s eponymous debut album Garren, which promises a “sense of exploration, and is set for release this summer. Enjoy!

Garren Sean Photo
Garren Sean by James McCloud

Anish Kapoor’s Decension in Brooklyn Bridge Park

Whirlpool Detail
All Photos By Gail

Brooklyn Bridge Park is fun place to hang out on a sunny weekend day. Into early September, there’s another reason to make a destination of this small oasis that rests in the shadow on one of the city’s major landmarks: that being Anish Kapoor’s Descension whirlpool installation!

Decension Signage and Entrance

For more than 35 years, Anish Kapoor — an Indian artist who now lives in London — has been among the most creative artists of his generation. He has created compelling and poetic bodies of work using a range of materials that include raw pigment, stone, stainless steel, synthetic polymer, resin, and wax. He also has a longstanding interest in the sculptural potential of water.

Descension From a Distance

Descension Approach

Descension

Descension With Bridge

Decension, presented for the first time in the United States, represents a breakthrough with this inherently challenging, slippery substance. I visited the site on the (unfortunately overcast) Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, where I took a short video as I became hypnotized by the deep whooshing sound of the endless swirling water. Enjoy!


Like all of Kapoor’s works, Decension is the result of intensive research into material and process, exploring the potential of water to behave in surprising ways. The continuous swirling motion of this 26-foot-diameter liquid mass converges in a central vortex, as if rushing water is being sucked into the earth’s depths. We thus experience Kapoor’s abstract form on multiple levels. Its powerful physicality has a visceral and mesmerizing impact. Yet Descension also stimulates the imagination and suggests a social, cultural and even mythic dimension.

Decension

Descension is on view at Pier 1’s Bridge View Lawn until September 10th, 2017. Viewing times are 9:00 am-9:00 pm daily except during inclement weather.

Descension Close Up

Video Clip of The Week: Boss Hog, “Ground Control”


I believe that if you happen to be a famous person — and good-looking famous person at that — it is worthwhile to reinvent your look every so often, if only to keep people from getting bored of looking at you. Take The Beatles as an excellent example; a band whose members’ personal styles and sense of fashion evolved wildly from album to album, just as their sound morphed from the Backstreet Boys to Radiohead. No wonder they continue to serve as such significant cultural touchstone. But what started me thinking along this path on a Sunday morning is this week’s Video Clip, “Ground Control” from the legendary NYC band, Boss Hog. For those not in-the-know, Boss Hog’s core members are husband and wife team Jon Spencer (of the eponymous Blues Explosion) and Cristina Martinez (ex-Pussy Galore). As you will see by this video, since we last saw them, Martinez has adopted a sort of Pris from Bladerunner persona, while Spencer is rocking a classic Andrew Eldrich look which, I  think you will agree, works for him. Bravo, you two.

Keeping things close to home, the video for “Ground Control” appears to have been shot on early-morning location at Coney Island, as you will see the band members pass by the How & Nosm mural at the Coney Art Walls as well as recognizing the unmistakable sky line of the Luna Park thrill rides. The complete desolation of the landscape works well for this modern, dystopian protest song, on which Martinez and Spencer share vocal duties in their own unique  styles. “Ground Control” does not disappoint as a minimalist, punk-blues aural assault, punctuated by with James Bond-soundtrack flourishes. Pretty awesome.

“Ground Control” can be found on Brood X, the band’s first album of new music in 17 years – wow! – which was released in March. Read a true New York Story about the last time I spotted Martinez and Spencer wandering anonymously on the Streets of NYC at This Link Right Here! Enjoy!

Boss Hog By Jeri Lampert
Boss Hog’s Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer By Jeri Lampert

Video Clip of The Week: Washed Out, “Get Lost”

Ernest Greene, the Georgia-based singer, songwriter, and record producer known professionally as Washed Out may be most famous for the chillwave classic “Feel It All Around, which can be heard over the opening credits of IFC’s hit TV show, Portlandia. If you’re curious about what he’s been up to lately, check out this wildly fun cut-out animation video clip for the track “Get Lost” — his first single in four years!

With its rhythmic, bossa nova feel, “Get Lost” celebrates the anticipation of summer in the city: a time for cruising in your car to wherever the vibe takes you, hanging out with friends on the beach, and girl watching. It’s the perfect tune for a extended holiday weekend! “Get Lost” is out now on Stones Throw Records, and Washed Out July Tour Dates for the Southern US are below. Enjoy!

7/8 – Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
7/9 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
7/10 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
7/11 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
7/13 – Orlando, FL @ Plaza Live
7/14 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks Live
7/15 – Tampa, FL @ Orpheum
7/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse

Washed Out Video Still

Chris Cornell Memorial Video Clip of The Week: Soundgarden, “Outshined”


I got up feeling so down
I got off being sold out
I’ve kept the movie rolling
But the story’s getting old now, oh yeah
I just looked in the mirror
And things aren’t looking so good
I’m looking California and feeling Minnesota, oh yeah

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies, gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Yeah I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah
Yeah
Someone let the dogs out
They’ll show where the truth is
The grass is always greener
Where the dogs are shitting, oh yeah
I’m feeling that I’m sober
Even though I’m drinking
I can’t get any lower
Still I feel I’m sinking

So now you know, who gets mystified
So now you know, who gets mystified

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Oh yeah, hmm

Outshined, oh oh

Oh, so now you know, who gets mystified
Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling

Show me the power child
I’d like to say
That I’m down on my knees today
Yeah, it gives me butterflies gives me away
Till I’m up on my feet again
Oh, I’m feeling
Oh, I’m feeling
Outshined, outshined, outshined, outshined

Chris Cornell
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Chris Cornell: July 20, 1964 – May 17, 2017. Rest In Peace.